Some online schools are just trying to take your money, but there are several legitimate online schools that offer students a valuable education from quality teachers. But in order to find those good schools, you have to research your options carefully, which is what I did before I selected Ashford University.
To make sure you choose a legitimate school, you need to check its reputation. Look to see that it is accredited so that you know you will get a degree that is actually worth something. You can usually find accreditation information on the school’s website. You should also make sure that the institution is well-established. You don’t want to go to a school that is only a few months old because it doesn’t have any credibility yet. I found out that Ashford University is an accredited school that has been in education since 1918, and that helped me to feel comfortable enrolling there.
Another way to judge a school’s worth is to assess the kinds of resources that it provides for its students. Ashford University seems to care about helping its students succeed because it offers ways to help us study. For example, in each of our virtual classrooms, there is a portal called “Ask the Teacher” where we can post our questions. Usually, my questions are always answered within 24 hours. Alternately, we can email or call our professors directly. In addition to the human resources, like teachers, we also have use of an online library and writing center.